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All comments by Shirley Junkin Moorhead
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Tanya, that depends on the area in which you live. In actual fact, there are more non acbl clubs in this area than acbl. Every town around this area in the Kawartha lakes has live bridge and actually the table count at those is higher than at the acbl clubs. When asked if they'd like to have their clubs join acbl they graciously declined:)
Jan. 21
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Sad about that Amy, I enjoyed your posts… &respect your ideas.
Dec. 9, 2018
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Cognitive Dissonance. A psychiatric resident would have a field day reading this thread :)
Dec. 9, 2018
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Peg, I've read all of your many many comments. It seemed obvious to me early on that you had a dog in this fight and that you were emotionally defending those players since you've known since they were, as you say, children. I think comments would have more effect if they were from someone with more objectivity. As a reader and observer, I think Grue and Levin would gain more respect, and indeed win the battle if they stepped down. Sometimes you lose to win, or win by losing.
Dec. 9, 2018
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They did in my eyes and many others. Only would be restored by rescinding the win and letting the real winners step up. To bad it won't soon be forgotten… ever…
Dec. 7, 2018
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Yes , really. Properly, that is where they belong… I think winning in this way is beneath them.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Jane, I don't know where you play bridge or what the table count is at the club where you play. I gather from your bio that you've been playing for years and years, and I think that this fact probably skews your point of view of today's bridge world.
Nowadays, we are begging people to come out to play bridge. We are mentoring (as you do) to encourage people to keep coming out to the clubs. We provide cookies and coffee and after the hands cheerfully give explanations of what could have, should have been done. But we don't call the director at the club level except when a board is missing a card, or the motion has been skewed.
The attitude of certain players can make or break a club. In a bridge club in western Canada, one of the oldest highest ranked players, a director died… the table count at that club doubled…
Friends or not friends, if you feel or even have been told directly that your presence at the table/club is intimidating, try to cool it. Go to the kitchen and make the coffee, direct the game, organize the bridge parties, go to the public schools and give after class lessons in bridge. Try to use your expertise to nourish the sick child which is bridge.
On a positive note, the love fest method has worked in ACBL clubs in at least two cities I know of…. But players who flee clubs with above cited director calls go to non ACBL clubs and and another one bites the dust….
Dec. 3, 2018
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The sick child is “bridge”. I'm tired of seeing relative newbies quit because of situations like this. Do you disagree that bridge is currently a sick child? Rapidly disappearing ….
Dec. 2, 2018
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Lets get right to the crunch. Did you lose a bridge player with this fiasco? Will she ever return? How many people will she warn off because of this situation. I think you flogged a sick child, whether you were right or wrong in your director call makes no difference.
Now the best thing for bridge would be for you to make a friend of this player, invite her to play with you, become friends on a social level and make her relax enough to enjoy the club again. Bridge is a game.
Dec. 2, 2018
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In my mind, Ginossar and Compton will still be the champions. Incidents of this kind sour bridge.
Nov. 30, 2018
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So what is the answer? Who was the joker? What were the hands? And how did you make out?
Nov. 27, 2018
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Agree totally. If he had four spades and couldn't support hearts, he should have bid 1 spade immediately.
Nov. 5, 2018
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Karen, I think you should do a survey of clubs in which the attendance is actually increasing. Consider the Duplicate Bridge club in Kamloops British Columbia. Attendance has increased to the extent they had to add an additional night, and use a larger room, so now the club operates four nights a week. I don't believe the hours, afternoon or evening were part of the solution. I think the attitude of the players in the club were of paramount importance. Years ago there was a toxic player at the club, who though that person was an excellent player, their attitude turned off the majority of the people. That person was removed from the club (even though and especially because they were a director) and the blossoming began. Bridge became fun again. Now they have 23 tables a NIGHT, which isn't bad for a town of 80,000 people.
People on this site seem to have a different agenda than regular bridge players. The players at the club level want to have fun and friendly competition.
Another bridge club that is on the right track is Peterboro Bridge center, in Ontario. Friendly lessons did the trick there and now the two afternoons for beginners are overflowing with new bridge players.
Oct. 18, 2018
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People who tap the table, drumming while they think. People who lean their elbows on the table. People who don't play their card flat on the table so the face of the card is not visible to me. People who hold their card up in the air wiggling it when its their turn to play the card, as if to say “See partner, this card is significant” ( yes, a player at the Kamloops club actually used to do this)
Sept. 13, 2018
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Sept. 5, 2018
Shirley Junkin Moorhead edited this comment Sept. 5, 2018
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An “A” player not realizing he had a second spade? Impossible…. he should have not only his own hand figured out, but that of every other hand at the table. This is an interesting post…..
Dec. 7, 2017
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What was the name of the player who revoked? Did you have a discussion with him later after you had the hand record? It certainly puts that player in a very bad light, particularly as he lied to you.
Dec. 7, 2017
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Mike, you gave me my afternoon's laugh and thank you for that :)
Ps: I'm with you on “when you're croaked you're croaked”.
Imaginative people can have any heaven they want and the rest of us don't care…..
Aug. 27, 2017
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In our system, two hearts after interference shows a limit raise in partner's major. If I transfer into hearts, that shows less than a limit raise, and if I bid on after the transfer it shows a full opening hand. So, in this hand, two hearts shows my hand and good values precisely.
Aug. 6, 2017
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April 19, 2017
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